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Sleeve Vent Tricks

Threads #204, Aug./Sep. 2019
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Garments with beautifully sewn, classic details give you confidence every time you wear them. Sometimes, though, it’s worthwhile to streamline the construction process: Save time, reduce bulk, or simply make the sewing easier by interpreting traditional elements in a new way. For example, I like the look of a buttoned vent on a jacket sleeve. However, if I don’t need a functional opening, I prefer to make a faux vent. This finish looks convincing but is quick to sew and adds minimal weight to the cuff. For unlined, lightweight jackets and coats, try this method. All it takes is a minor pattern adjustment. Similarly, you can sew a shirt sleeve without the fussy cutting, stitching, and folding required for a traditional placket and cuff. Instead, choose or make a two-piece sleeve pattern and create a “placket” at the bottom of the back seam. You don’t need to slash the sleeve…

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